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DSU Lifts Suspension of Band Program

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Delaware State University has lifted the suspension of its band program.

DSU suspended its bands in mid-November over allegations of hazing. The school announced Tuesday it had conducted an investigation into those allegations and found minor hazing.

A news release says nobody was injured in the hazing. But any type of hazing is prohibited in DSU-sanctioned organizations, even minor incidents are a violation of the school's code of conduct.

The university says 16 students reportedly were involved in the hazing. Those students could face dismissal from the band if found guilty of violating the code of conduct. There are 150 members total of the various band groups.

With the suspension over, the band will now be able to provide music at the December 14 commencement ceremony. 

"This is a teachable moment and we will continue to underscore to our students that their behavior reflects not only on the University, but also on their very character," said Dr. Alton Thompson, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, in a statement. "We strongly believe that as a result of this investigation, our band will emerge stronger and will continue to be great ambassadors for the University."

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